Sydney's creative champions, 107 Projects, are getting some seriously impressive additional new digs. The not-for-profit has been chosen to manage the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre — the helm of Green Square's new 278-hectare community and cultural precinct.
Expected to open later this year, the centre will occupy the former nurses' quarters in the refitted three-story Esme Cahill Building, located on the grounds of the former South Sydney Hospital site in Zetland. As the 'head tenant', 107 Projects will manage the daily operations of the Creative Centre and all of its tenants by doing what they do best — bringing together like-minded people to create workshops, exhibitions, performances and other activities that engage the community. The centre will feature artist studios, creative offices, exhibition spaces, workshop spaces and indoor/outdoor areas for community hire.
The centre will act as the hub for this new cultural precinct, which the City of Sydney is taking very seriously — they're spending a whopping $540 million over the next ten years on extensive infrastructure and streetscaping works, as well as community facilities including an aquatic centre, library, plaza and more than fifteen parks and open spaces. The wider precinct will also include an early education and childcare centre, a community garden and playground. Once development is complete, Green Square will accommodate close to 61,000 people living in 30,500 new homes, as well as provide around 21,000 permanent jobs for the surrounding suburbs of Beaconsfield, Zetland, and parts of Rosebery, Alexandria and Waterloo.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore is among those championing this cause and praised 107 Projects as the ideal choice for the centre. "Their experience working with creative practitioners and artists of all disciplines and their passion for engaging the community in diverse projects makes them perfect for this new opportunity at the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre," says Moore.
Happily for inner west folks, 107 Projects will continue to operate their existing space at 107 Redfern Street. The decommissioned car garage is known to host quality exhibitions, performances, artist studios and creative offices that has rightfully secured 107 Projects as a crucial leader of the Sydney creative sphere.
The Joynton Avenue Creative Centre will open later this year in the former South Sydney Hospital site at 3 Joynton Avenue, Zetland. Visit the City of Sydney website for more information.